Line-up announced for Weston-super-Mare Literary Festival

PUBLISHED: 14:00 24 November 2018

Helen Pankhurst, Christina Patterson, Claire Barker and Duncan Beedie. Picture of Dr Pankhurst by Virginie Naudillon

Helen Pankhurst, Christina Patterson, Claire Barker and Duncan Beedie. Picture of Dr Pankhurst by Virginie Naudillon

Picture of Dr Pankhurst by Virginie Naudillon, rest submittted

Tickets are now on sale for Weston’s second literary festival which is set to bring a wealth of big names to the town.

Weston Town Council held the event for the first time this year with authors Jeffrey Archer, Huw Powell and Damien Boyd among the impressive line-up.

More: ‘Festival has tremendous future’.

The week-long festival is running from February 22 to March 1, 2019 and will feature an exciting line-up of authors and events including talks, workshops, panel discussions and book signings.

The great-granddaughter of leading suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst is among the well-known authors scheduled to appear.

Dr Helen Pankhurst will talk about her book, Deeds Not Words, which reveals how far women have come since the suffragettes, and how far there is still to go in today’s society.

Other speakers include Claire Barker – whose stories about Knitbone Pepper were shortlisted for the Sainsbury’s Children’s fiction award – and illustrator Duncan Beedie, whose debut picture book The Bear Who Stared was shortlisted for the Waterstones’ Children’s Book Prize in 2017.

Mystery fans can find out what it takes to design a murder with five top-selling authors – Katerina Diamond, CJ Skuse, Rachel Ward, Christi Daugherty and Joanna Nadin.

The writers will reveal where their murderous inspiration comes from and discuss how they craft their thrillers.

Award-winning poets Rhiannon Hooson and Emma van Woerkom are holding an evening of thought-provoking poetry.

The duo will perform a selection of new work, along with their favourite pieces, and they will also be available for book signings and a chat afterwards.

Writer and broadcaster Christina Patterson will host a talk and book-signing.

The Archers actress Sunny Ormonde, who has been playing Lilian Bellamy in the Radio 4’s soap opera for 14 years, will also give audiences an insight into what goes on behind the scenes in a question and answer session on the final day.

The literary festival is also hosting its first short story writing competition.

Tickets are available at the Literary Festival Facebook page, at or on 01934 645493.

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